Legendary New Orleans pianist, singer and composer Allen Toussaint passed away this last November, but not before leaving behind one of the strongest musical legacies of his generation. A leader in the community as well as in the studio and on stage, Toussaint worked with a virtual who’s who over the past fifty years, including Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, Jerry Garcia, The Meters, Dr. John, Lee Dorsey, and The Band.January 14th Is Now Officially ‘Allen Toussaint Day’ In New OrleansOn this day, what would have been Toussaint’s 78th birthday, let us celebrate his exceptional life and career with Touissant’s final New Orleans performance at the Pavilion of Two Sisters City Park alongside “The Soul Queen of New Orleans,” Irma Thomas:
After a red-hot finish to the 2019 Whelen Modified Tour season, Matt Swanson was pumped up.The season had started slow for Swanson and the BRE Racing No. 3 team, with just one top-10 in the first five races. Then, Swanson and the No. 3 team returned to form, finishing outside the top-10 just three times the rest of the season. During the run, Swanson vaulted himself from 12th to 5th in the standings by season’s end.“That was the first time I went a whole offseason and I never stopped thinking about ,” Swanson says. “From the second the checkered flag flew at Thompson, I was already thinking about the first race of 2020. And that was kind of the first time that I’ve ever had that fire under my ass, to just get going.”RACING-REFERENCE: Matt Swanson Career StatsBut then the COVID-19 pandemic struck, and the season-opener was both moved and rescheduled. It threw things for a massive loop.“I was honestly a little bit worried going to Jennerstown for that first race because I had been out of a car for so long,” Swanson says. “Everyone can say that an offseason doesn’t really affect them, but when you get back into a racecar after a hiatus of that long… It takes some time to get back used to it.”The extended offseason didn’t slow Swanson down, however. Driving iconic “Ole Blue”, Swanson racked up three top-10 finishes in the first four races, and a total of six for the season. As the team enters 2021, they are arguably readier than ever to return to Victory Lane on the Tour for the first time since the 2017 Icebreaker 150, when Rowan Pennink was behind the wheel.RELATED: Pennink Puts Ole Blue Back Into Victory Lane“It’s gonna be one big celebration when we finally get this [number] 3 car in Victory Lane,” Swanson says. “It would mean the world to me, but it would mean more to my guys. I can’t say it enough, how hard those guys work. Those guys work their butts off to make sure those cars go as good as they do.”2017 was also a year in which the team returned to vintage form as true championship contenders, eventually finishing fourth in the final standings.The Swanson-BRE Racing partnership wasn’t exactly planned from the outset.The team had Pennink tabbed as the driver of the car until August of the 2018 season, when he shocked the Modified community by announcing his retirement due to concerns with back injuries. Swanson, who had filled in for Pennink earlier in the season at Thompson, was tabbed for the job.While the team failed to finish three of the final five races that season, the two races they did finish resulted in top-10s. Swanson was back for 2019, impressed the team with a fifth-place points finish, and continued the partnership.RELATED: One Year Later: Matt Swanson Returns To Thompson With Boehler RacingSwanson is adamant about it: BRE Racing simply does not possess the resources that bigger teams do. What they lack in money, however, is made up for by the brainpower of its crew members. It’s a big motivational chip for the team.“[Other teams] have different crew chiefs, but they all have the same chassis, so they can all bounce ideas off each other,” Swanson says. “Us out there being the oddball, so to say, it adds fuel to the fire to make us want to be better… I have the best crew, in my opinion, in the whole garage, just based on how hard they work.”Despite having Modified greats like Ted Christopher and Ryan Preece driving, BRE Racing hasn’t won a Tour championship since Tony Hirschman went back-to-back in 1995 and 1996. 2021 may very well be the year Ole Blue returns to the promised land.Matt Swanson, driver of the #3 USNE / SYP / All Phases Chevrolet, drives through the garage before the NAPA Auto Parts 150 for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Stafford Motor Speedway on September 26, 2020. (Adam Glanzman/NASCAR)
This week, the Office of Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE) and Campus Ministry are hosting their annual food drive for the Food Bank of Northern Indiana, marking the College’s first Food Justice Week. Rebekah DeLine, director of the OCSE, said teaching students about the principles of food justice fulfills the focus Saint Mary’s is placing on their core value of justice this year.“It’s a justice issue,” she said. “Through Catholic social teaching, we believe in the dignity of all, and one of the very basic needs of people is to eat and have access to nourishing food. If they’re ignoring those basic needs, how can they think about other needs like education or medical needs? If they can’t eat, it doesn’t matter.” One of the goals for the year was to expand the food drive into a week that provides more context as why food donation is necessary, she said. “For many years, my office has run a non-perishable food collection,” she said. “This year, one of my goals was to do more. We are still doing our non-perishable food drive, but on top of that, we have planned several events that we hope will get the students, staff and faculty to think a little more about the access issues and insecurity issues surrounding food.”DeLine said Food Justice Week will feature three main events that include a banquet, panel discussion and cooking night. Tuesday’s Hunger Banquet will focus on food insecurity across the globe, she said. “The first event is with Student Diversity Board on Tuesday, and that’s the Hunger Banquet,” she said. “That’s a global look at food insecurity and how, even in different countries, there’s more challenges with food insecurity than ever.”The Hunger Banquet will place attendees in one of three socioeconomic classes: lower, middle and upper. This aims to open up a dialogue about the disparity in food accessibility and affordability, according to an email from Student Diversity Board. This dialogue and education is what Food Justice Week aims to do on a larger scale as well, which is to give students an individual connection to the issue, DeLine said. “It’s a big part of our growing awareness. Educating each person individually helps us be able to respond better,” DeLine said. “It’s one thing to throw a can of soup in a bin, but there’s little connection to the deeper issues.”DeLine said Wednesday’s panel discussion features four experts from the community. “On Wednesday, we will have four local experts come in and discuss food access here in South Bend,” she said. “One woman is from the health department and she will talk about their work, and look at the county as a whole to find out where there are food deserts, food access issues and how they can tackle those issues. Another woman on the panel is from Unity Gardens, which is one major garden and other community gardens where they help plant and harvest food that’s free for everybody. Their approach to food access is very interesting because they’re looking at fresh food, but they’ve also come up with some programs to help people overcome the barriers when it comes to fresh food, like how to prepare it.” Emily Sipos-Butler, assistant director to Campus Ministry, said she was glad DeLine reached out to her and got her involved in Food Justice week. “This is something that is near and dear to my heart, the idea of faith in action and faith working towards justice,” she said. Sipos-Butler said Campus Ministry will be co-sponsoring Thursday’s event, which is Cooking and Conversation. “For me, the motivation is faith, but for other students it may be something else and that’s totally fine, so, from the Campus Ministry perspective, I want to help students connect their faith life with their work in the world,” she said. “One of the ways we’re doing that is on Thursday, Campus Ministry is co-sponsoring a Cooking and Conversation, food insecurity event. We’re going to prepare a meal together, we’re going to look at access of healthy food in our community through the eyes of someone who is poor. So, we’ll look at how we can prepare inexpensive, healthy meals.”This event, and Food Justice Week as a whole, gives the Saint Mary’s community a chance to increase their knowledge of ways they can get themselves involved in decreasing food insecurity, Sipos-Butler said.“The need is throughout our community and through this Food Justice Week we hope to raise awareness about food insecurity in general, and specifically how it affects our community, why we should care and how we can make a difference because Belles are great at making a difference,” Sipos-Butler said. Tags: core values, food insecurity, food justice, saint mary’s
An overhead rendering of the proposed development.Plans for a new senior housing development near Veterans Park in Shawnee are in the works.The rezoning request, unanimously approved last month by Shawnee’s planning and zoning committee, included a preliminary plan for the development of independent senior housing units adjacent to Veterans Park, located at Johnson Drive and Pflumm Road.The rezoning request — from mixed use and residential use to only residential use — and preliminary plan for the development got council approval on a 7-0 vote last week. Council member Justin Adrian was absent.Current plans for the development include 61 attached villa units in 30 buildings on the western side as well as 236 apartment units in five buildings on the northern and eastern sides. The villa units will be for sale, according to a June 11 city memo from Planning Director Paul Chaffee. Each villa unit, at 1,558 to 2,300 square feet, will have two bedrooms, two baths, a two-car garage and a basement area. The apartments will be age restricted.Pat Regan with Regan Realtors said the development will allow residents to “retire” from house maintenance duties such as lawn care, eventually making room for in-home care opportunities in their old age.The living units will be a mix of one- and two-bedroom units containing 720 to 1,080 square feet. Four of the apartment buildings will be four stories, and one building will be three stories.Construction on the project would begin only after the final development plan and final plat receive future council approval.A rendering of the proposed construction materials for the senior living facility.
Lenexa Public Market, 8750 Penrose Lane, is gaining a new restaurant this fall. Butterfield’s Bakery & Market is slated to open in late November or early December.The bakery and market concept is an initiative by Kate Smith, chef-owner of Kate Smith Soirée, a bakery and cake shop located in the market. Butterfield’s will feature a range of soups, salads and sandwiches along with house-made breads, brunch on the weekends and an expanded menu of sweets by Smith and her team.The bakery and market concept will serve as the anchor restaurant tenant and will be located in the space previously occupied by Madman’s KC BBQ, which vacated earlier this year.Smith started out at the market in March 2019 as a popup day cart vendor; she sold specialty macarons for a few months before opening Kate Smith Soirée in June.“We could have stayed in our little stall and kept serving desserts, but I’ve always felt like the public market was lacking a great sandwich and brunch option,” said Kate Smith, pictured above in the pop-up kitchen overlooking the Lenexa Public Market. Photo courtesy City of Lenexa.When the barbecue restaurant closed at the market a few months ago, Smith said she saw an opportunity to expand her business and fill a gap in the market’s blend of cuisines.“We could have stayed in our little stall and kept serving desserts, but I’ve always felt like the public market was lacking a great sandwich and brunch option,” Smith said. “I’ve wanted to expand our current stall to offer fresh breads and ice cream as well, but our 100-square-foot space only gives us room to do so much. Then with the closing of Madman’s, the market’s need for a new restaurant outweighed any fears that I may have had.”Carmen Chopp, manager of the Lenexa Public Market, said the team is “thrilled” to announce the addition of Butterfield’s to the lineup of offerings at the market.“In addition to being a gathering space and point of connection for our community, the public market was designed to be a small business incubator,” Chopp said. “Kate’s growth and expansion is proof of concept. That this is happening in the middle of a pandemic is nothing short of incredible and speaks to her work ethic, ingenuity and tenacity.”The name Butterfield’s pays homage to her grandmother, who inspired her love of cooking.“With the amount of families that come to the market, comfort food, desserts and ice cream are a must,” Smith added. “The Lenexa Public Market and the City of Lenexa have been nothing but supportive of my business from the beginning and are truly in it to help small businesses like mine grow.”
Audio-Technica is now shipping the BP892x, BP893x and BP894x MicroSet headworn microphones — updated versions of its BP892, BP893 and BP894 models. Primary improvements include detachable cables and more secure ear loops for comfort and fit. All models will be available with a variety of terminations for wired, Audio-Technica and third-party wireless systems and in black or beige. Here’s a video we shot of them being launched at InfoComm last month:Audio-Technica’s high-SPL BP892x MicroSet microphone features a subminiature omnidirectional condenser capsule that delivers what the company says is extremely intelligible, natural audio with a flat, extended frequency response. The ultra-lightweight and inconspicuous BP892x hooks securely behind either ear and can be worn for hours without fatigue. For maximum stability and comfort, the included AT8464x dual-ear adapter kit converts the MicroSet to a dual-ear-worn unit.The BP893x MicroSet, with its unobtrusive 0.2″ boom, is a high-SPL omnidirectional condenser headworn microphone that offers under-the-ear placement, along with clear, natural vocal pickup. Its lightweight, low-profile design makes the microphone ideal for use by stage and television talent, lecturers, worship leaders and others.The high-SPL, low-profile BP894x MicroSet subminiature cardioid condenser headworn microphone hooks behind either ear for a secure, comfortable fit and delivers a flat, extended frequency response, resulting in extremely intelligible, natural audio. The microphone features a rotating capsule housing with talk-side indicator for perfect polar pattern placement and provides excellent rejection of outside noise, with exceptional gain-before-feedback when used with live sound systems and stage monitors.These models are now available with U.S. pricing as follows:BP892x $349.00-$449.00 MAPBP893x $299.00-$399.00 MAPBP894x $399.00-$499.00 MAPHere are the details.
Smithsonian Magazine:Your chance at workplace success certainly depends in part on your personality. Your coworker’s personalities come into play as well—introverts tend to give extroverts poor performance reviews, and supportive supervisors can help women get over gender divides, for example. But apparently, even personalities outside the workplace can affect what goes on inside. A new study shows that spouses’ influence can seep into their partner’s job success.Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis, looked at 4,544 married, heterosexual couples, reports Cindi May for Scientific American. They asked the couples to fill out tests that assessed their scores on the “Big Five” personality traits: openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, neuroticism and agreeableness. Next, the team followed those couple for five years as they reported their job success, satisfaction, wages and promotions. They also gathered information about household chores, lifestyle decisions and marital satisfaction.Read the whole story: Smithsonian Magazine More of our Members in the Media >
Scientists who closely analyzed and compared virus samples from several poultry species in China found more clues about how the new H7N9 virus, along with a previously unknown H7N7 virus that has the capacity to infect mammals, evolved.The findings shed new light on the threat H7 viruses might pose beyond China’s latest outbreak, according to the findings reported today by an international research team led by Yi Guan, MD, PhD, a virologist at Hong Kong University. The group’s report appears in the latest issue of Nature.Soon after news of the first human infections with the new H7N9 virus emerged last spring, investigators started sampling birds in three Chinese cities: two (Wenzhou and Rizhao) that bordered the main outbreak area in Zhejiang and Shandong provinces, respectively, and one (Shenzhen) in Guangdong province, which had not reported a human case.They collected 1,341 pairs of oropharyngeal and cloacal samples from chickens, ducks, geese, pigeons, partridges, and quail. The team collected 1,006 more fecal and water samples from live poultry markets, farms, and wetlands.Virus findingsEvidence of hemagglutinin was found in 388 samples, including 60 H7 and 85 H9 influenza A viruses. All H9 isolates were H9N2, and most were from live poultry markets.The H7 viruses were found only in the samples from live poultry markets in Wenzhou and Rizhao; all from Rizhao were H7N9 and all from Wenzhou were H7N7, except for two from ducks that were H7N2 and H7N3.In Wenzhou’s poultry markets, H7 viruses were most prevalent in chickens, followed by ducks and pigeons. In Rizhao’s poultry markets, the H7N9 virus was found only in chickens.When researchers looked at the chicken isolates, most of the H7N9 and H9N2 viruses were from oropharyngeal swabs, as were more than half (65%) of H7N7 viruses, which hints that H7N9 and H7N7 might replicate in poultry upper airways, similar to H9N2 viruses that circulate in the region’s poultry.Evolution, clues to infectious potentialTo explore how those viruses evolved, the researchers sequenced the H7N9, H7N7, and H9N2 isolates and compared them with other strains that had been collected in southern China since 2000.The analysis revealed that H7 viruses likely passed from domestic ducks to chickens in China at least two separate times. Also, the group found that the H7 viruses reassorted with H9N2 viruses circulating in poultry to produce the H7N9 outbreak strain along with the related and previously undetected H7N7 strain.An analysis of the new H7N7 virus found that it has only some of the molecular markers seen in human H7N9 isolates, but the group thought it might still have the ability to infect humans or mammals.Experiments in which ferrets were exposed to H7N7 showed that the virus caused significant infection, but virus shedding was lower than seen for the 2009 H1N1 virus or H7N9.The group concluded that domestic ducks seem to be a key mixing vessel for a variety of avian influenza viruses from migratory birds and can transmit the different combinations to chickens. They further concluded that reassortment with H9N2 circulating in poultry probably led to the H7N9 and H7N7 viruses they found in chickens.The new H7N9 virus rapidly spread though poultry markets, leading to spillover into humans. The group wrote that the drop in human cases after poultry market closures, similar to what occurred in Hong Kong in 1997 after H5N1 emerged, supports the theory.Their detection in Wenzhou chickens of the new H7N7 virus with the potential to infect mammals suggests that the current pandemic threat extends beyond the H7N9 virus, the team wrote.It’s too soon to know if H7N9 has been eradicated from poultry in the region, and it’s possible that the H7N9 and H7N7 are still circulating in poultry, according to the investigators. They state that controlling the viruses will hinge on the management of live poultry markets in urban areas.Expert weighs study implicationsLes Sims, BVSc, an animal health consultant in Australia who has extensive experience with avian influenza in Asia, told CIDRAP News that overall, the study is a good summary of the state of play on the probable origins of the genes in the recently emerged H7N9 viruses. The extent of the H7N7 risk to humans is unknown, but it’s important to identify where the virus is circulating, he said.Animal health experts have known for some time that H7 viruses are present in both wild and domestic ducks, Sims said. “The production and marketing systems in China prior to the H7N9 outbreak afforded ample opportunities for these viruses to infect terrestrial poultry and undergo reassortment with H9N2 viruses, which are also widespread in farms and markets.”So it is not surprising that the viruses in terrestrial poultry are related to and probably derived from those ducks or that there has been more than one introduction,” he said.The findings in Rizhao in Shandong province were more than 100 kilometers from the nearest human and avian cases in the province, which may mean the virus was more widespread in poultry than official surveillance and disease investigations suggest, he said.The absence of the virus from Shenzhen tracks with test results from Hong Kong on mainland and local poultry, Sims indicated, but the virus must have been circulating recently in southern Guangdong province, based on the announcement of a human case in a poultry market worker earlier this month.The prevalence of H7N9 in the Rizhao samples was low at 0.7% of samples, Sims noted, adding that surveillance activities in markets can miss positive birds if only a small number of samples are collected—”which was not the case in this study.”Meanwhile, the high prevalence of H7N7 in the Wenzhou market and the fact that it wasn’t detected anywhere else is intriguing, according to Sims. If the virus is circulating widely in terrestrial poultry, it will complicate H7 serology to some extent,he said. “However as all H7 viruses fall under the category of notifiable avian influenza, it will be necessary to investigate any positive results through additional virological and serological testing of the positive flocks and other flocks on the same farm.”Lam T T-Y, Wang J, Shen Y, et al. The genesis and source of the H7N9 influenza virus causing human infections in China. Nature 2013 (published online Aug 21) [Abstract]See also:Aug 21 NIH press release
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray LujánFrom the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:NAMBÉ – Today, U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) participated in a remote hearing of the House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Energy focused on the importance of promoting clean energy and building a strong and resilient economy. The hearing considered three bills led by Luján to spur innovation and promote entrepreneurship and small business partnerships with National Laboratories.“While all of us represent constituents, who are struggling to make ends meet, to pay rent, and provide for their families, I am encouraged by the increased attention on putting people back to work by building a more sustainable and resilient economy. The COVID-19 pandemic has made clear the role that our scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and innovators play in addressing our nation’s most pressing challenges,” said Luján, co-chair of the Congressional National Labs Caucus. Luján continued: “I am proud of New Mexico’s contribution to our research mission, led by two world-class National Laboratories, Los Alamos and Sandia National Labs. Acting on these bills today means that more ideas and innovations, from our best and brightest scientists, will make it into markets, provide jobs, and improve our quality of life.”Video of the hearing is available here.The Energizing Technology Transfer Act would drive clean energy technology commercialization nationally and at the National Laboratories across the Department of Energy, and includes the following bills introduced by Luján:The Leveraging our National Labs to Develop Tomorrow’s Technology Leaders Act would strengthen the Department of Energy’s Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Program, which utilizes national laboratories to train and develop the next generation of tech entrepreneurs to meet the challenges and needs facing our communities. The Promoting Small Business Innovation through Partnerships with National Labs Act would allow small businesses to gain access to premiere facilities at the National Laboratories, spurring innovation and stimulating the culture of private-public collaboration.The hearing also featured Luján’s bipartisan IMPACT for Energy Act, which would establish a nonprofit foundation for the U.S. Department of Energy that would channel private-sector investments and accelerate the commercialization of innovative technologies in energy.
The data is from the US Bureau of Economic Analysis, via the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Auto and light truck sales continued their rebound in September, when sales were 16.34 million at a seasonally adjusted annual rate. That compares to last September, when they were 17.08 million, and this April when they were 8.71 million. At least for now, the sales rebound has compressed into a couple of months what took a couple of years after the 2008-‘09 recession. OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Inland Truck Parts Co., an independent provider of parts distribution and full-service truck repair, has promoted Greg Klein to president effective Jan. 1, 2015. Dave Scheer will remain CEO. Klein will be responsible for Inland’s strategic execution and will lead the company’s operations. A seasoned executive, he joined Inland as CFO in 1995 and was promoted to vice president in 2008. Both Scheer and Klein are longtime members of Inland’s board of directors.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement“Greg knows Inland extremely well. His long tenure on our leadership team has more than prepared him for this promotion,” said Scheer. “As president, his continued dedication and commitment to our stakeholders will only make Inland stronger.“Ownership here is 100 percent in the hands of our employees,” Scheer explained. “The president has a responsibility to ensure that each of our employee-owners is a top priority. After all, they are the ones who make things happen. No one understands that better than Greg.”In addition to his role at Inland, Klein is the immediate past chairman of the Employee-Owned S Corporations of America (ESCA), where he works locally and in the nation’s capital to educate lawmakers on the importance and positive effects of employee ownership.“Inland is a very special company, one that I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of for over 40 years,” said Scheer. “I’m certain that promoting Greg to president is the right move to continue our success.”Established in 1944, Inland Truck Parts Co. is celebrating its 70th year, with 28 locations in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming.,This “Data Did You Know” item comes from Babcox Media Audience Insights Manager Bruce Kratofil:AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement